A young girl who died in a Coventry collision this week (Tuesday 18 October) has been named as Sophia McDonald (pictured).
The seven-year-old local girl was hit by a slow moving red skip lorry as she crossed Henley Road with her mother around 4pm.
Her family have spoken of their grief and described their little girl. They said: “She was a beautiful angel, the happiest child with a beautiful cheeky smile. She was a very loving, kind hearted, happy-go-lucky little girl who loved her family. We are devastated at her loss.”
Meanwhile, police have appealed for witnesses to the collision to come forward.
Sergeant Alan Wood, from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit, said: “The investigation is in its early stages and enquiries are continuing. I would appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened or has any information that could help with the investigation to contact us.
“In particular I would appeal to any drivers or passengers who were in the traffic near to the collision to come forward. This includes a black taxi cab.
“This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with Sophia’s family at this difficult time”
“This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with Sophia’s family at this difficult time.
“They have thanked everyone for their kind wishes, but ask the press to respect their privacy and that of their friends and neighbours at this sad time.”
The driver of the skip lorry stopped at the scene and is assisting officers with the investigation.
Paul White, the managing director at Tom White Waste, based in Longford, said the man did not see the youngster as he made his way back to its site less than two miles away.
He told the BBC: “We’re a family company. The vast majority of employees have got children. It’s an absolute tragedy… We offer our condolences to the family.”
The girl’s mother and the lorry driver were taken to hospital.
The road was closed for several hours while specialist officers conducted an examination of the scene.
Anyone who saw what happened is asked to come forward and contact Sergeant Wood or his team by calling 101.